Air Temperatures – The following maximum temperatures (F) were recorded across the state of Hawaii Tuesday:
85 Lihue, Kauai
87 Honolulu, Oahu
88 Kahului, Maui
85 Kona, Hawaii
86 Hilo, Hawaii
Air Temperatures ranged between these warmest and coolest spots near sea level – and on the highest mountain tops on Maui and the Big Island…as of 743pm Tuesday evening:
Kailua Kona- 82
Hana airport, Maui – 73
Haleakala Summit – 43 (near 10,000 feet on Maui)
Mauna Kea Summit – 37 (13,000+ feet on the Big Island)
Hawaii’s Mountains – Here’s a link to the live web cam on the summit of near 13,800 foot Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. This web cam is available during the daylight hours here in the islands…and when there’s a big moon shining down during the night at times. Plus, during the nights you will be able to see stars, and the sunrise and sunset too… depending upon weather conditions. Here’s the Haleakala Crater webcam on Maui – if it’s working.
Small Craft Wind Advisory…windiest coasts and channels
Maui County and the Big Island
Our trade winds will remain active today…
with passing windward showers at times
The following numbers represent the most recent top wind gusts (mph), along with directions as of Tuesday evening:
27 Waimea Heights, Kauai – NE
37 Oahu Forest NWR, Oahu – NNE
28 Molokai – ENE
37 Lanai – NE
37 Kahoolawe – ENE
31 Kahului, Maui – NE
36 Kamuela airport, Big Island – NE
Here are the latest 24-hour precipitation totals (inches) for each of the islands as of Tuesday evening:
1.71 Mount Waialeale, Kauai
1.25 Moanalua RG, Oahu
1.88 Puu Kukui, Maui
0.83 Pua Akala, Big Island
We can use the following links to see what’s going on in our area of the north central Pacific Ocean. Here’s the latest NOAA satellite picture – the latest looping satellite image… and finally the latest looping radar image for the Hawaiian Islands.
~~~ Hawaii Weather Narrative ~~~
The trade winds will continue…locally strong and gusty for the time being. Here’s a weather chart showing a large near 1029 millibar high pressure center to the northeast of the state. The trade winds are forecast to last well into the future…through the rest of this week into next week.
There will be windward showers at times…a few elsewhere. Satellite imagery shows lots of low clouds around the state…along with a few clear areas too. At the same time, we see an area of high cirrus close to Kauai…and over and around the Big Island. This will provide partly cloudy skies in general, with pockets of cloudy conditions here and there. Here’s the looping radar image, showing light to moderately heavy showers moving across the windward sides of the islands locally, especially over the islands from Kauai and Oahu down to Maui County at the time of this writing. These showers backed-off some during the day Tuesday, although will likely increase a tad overnight into Wednesday morning
There have been quite a few passing windward showers during the last 18-24 hours, otherwise great late summer weather conditions in general. The trade winds will keep blowing across our part of the tropical Pacific through the rest of this week…right on into next week. These trades remain have been rather robust the last few days, gusting up over 40 mph in gusts at times locally. These trades continue to bring showery clouds our way at times, arriving for the most part along our windward sides. We should see another nice sunset, at least for Kauai and the Big Island. The rest of the state probably won’t see much color. Depending upon where these high cirrus clouds (which are ice crytals), are Wednesday morning, we may see more pink colors at sunrise. I’ll be back early Wednesday morning with your next new weather narrative from paradise. I hope you have a great Tuesday night wherever you’re spending it! Aloha for now…Glenn.
Tuesday Poem: The Word…by Tony Hoagland
Down near the bottom
of the crossed-out list
of things you have to do today,
between “green thread”
and “broccoli,” you find
that you have penciled “sunlight.”
Resting on the page, the word
is beautiful. It touches you
as if you had a friend
and sunlight were a present
he had sent from someplace distant
as this morning—to cheer you up,
and to remind you that,
among your duties, pleasure
is a thing
that also needs accomplishing.
Do you remember?
that time and light are kinds
of love, and love
is no less practical
than a coffee grinder
or a safe spare tire?
Tomorrow you may be utterly
without a clue,
but today you get a telegram
from the heart in exile,
proclaiming that the kingdom
the king and queen alive,
still speaking to their children,
—to any one among them
who can find the time
to sit out in the sun and listen.
World-wide tropical cyclone activity:
Caribbean Sea: There are no active tropical cyclones
Gulf of Mexico: There are no active tropical cyclones
SATELLITE IMAGES AND RADAR DATA FROM MEXICO INDICATE THAT CLOUDINESS
AND SHOWERS HAVE BECOME MORE CONCENTRATED NEAR THE CENTER OF AN
AREA OF LOW PRESSURE LOCATED OVER THE YUCATAN PENINSULA. THE LOW
IS FORECAST TO MOVE WEST-NORTHWESTWARD AND EMERGE OVER THE BAY OF
CAMPECHE LATER TODAY…WHERE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
TO BE CONDUCIVE FOR THE FORMATION OF A TROPICAL DEPRESSION OVER THE
NEXT DAY OR TWO. CONDITIONS SHOULD REMAIN CONDUCIVE FOR ADDITIONAL
DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE WEEKEND WHILE THE LOW MEANDERS OVER THE
SOUTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO. THIS SYSTEM HAS A HIGH CHANCE…70
PERCENT…OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS
AND A HIGH CHANCE…80 PERCENT…OF BECOMING A TROPICAL CYCLONE
DURING THE NEXT 5 DAYS. THIS DISTURBANCE WILL LIKELY SPREAD HEAVY
RAINS OVER PORTIONS OF EASTERN MEXICO AND COULD CAUSE LIFE-
THREATENING FLOODS AND MUDSLIDES OVER AREAS ALREADY IMPACTED BY
TORRENTIAL RAINS DURING THE PAST FEW DAYS.
Here’s a satellite image of the Caribbean Sea…and the Gulf of Mexico.
Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)
Here’s a wide satellite image that covers the entire area between Mexico, out through the central Pacific…to the International Dateline.
Central Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
Here’s a link to the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC)
South Pacific Ocean: There are no active tropical cyclones
North and South Indian Oceans: There are no active tropical cyclones
Here’s a link to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)
Interesting: Secrets of Earth’s inner core – The Earth has a solid iron core. That has been known since the days of Edward Halley, the discoverer of Halley’s comet. The inner core also rotates, but details of its rotation have defied explanation, until now!
Scientists at the University of Leeds have solved a 300-year-old riddle about which direction the center of the Earth spins.
The Earth’s inner core, made up of solid iron, ‘super-rotates’ in an eastward direction — meaning it spins faster than the rest of the planet — while the outer core, comprising mainly molten iron, spins westwards at a slower pace.
Although Edmund Halley — who also discovered the famous comet — showed the westward-drifting motion of the Earth’s geomagnetic field in 1692, it is the first time that scientists have been able to link the way the inner core spins to the behavior of the outer core. The planet behaves in this way because it is responding to the Earth’s geomagnetic field.
The findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, help scientists to interpret the dynamics of the core of the Earth, the source of our planet’s magnetic field.
In the last few decades, seismometers measuring earthquakes traveling through the Earth’s core have identified an eastwards, or super-rotation of the solid inner core, relative to Earth’s surface.
“The link is simply explained in terms of equal and opposite action”, explains Dr Philip Livermore, of the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. “The magnetic field pushes eastwards on the inner core, causing it to spin faster than the Earth, but it also pushes in the opposite direction in the liquid outer core, which creates a westward motion.”
The solid iron inner core is about the size of the Moon. It is surrounded by the liquid outer core, an iron alloy, whose convection-driven movement generates the geomagnetic field.